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CafeLitt 199: Every thing you always wanted to know about the everyday culture of Quebec, but were afraid to ask

Thu 3 Mar 2011, 19:00, by Paul Dumais, at Bistro Burritoville:3rd floor, 2055 Rue Bishop, Montreal,QC (Map)
you can find the video of the session at the bottom of the page.

Quebec is the only region in North America with a French-speaking majority and it's also one of the only two provinces in Canada where French is constitutionally recognized (the other one is New Brunswick).  That singular geopolitical condition makes its culture unique and distinct in North America.  Although most of the newcomers will soon be acquainted with the outline of Quebec's culture, to master and decode its day-to-day intricacies takes time.  From Céline Dion to  Mes Aïeux, from une poutine to un pâté chinois, from CEGEP to CLSC, we will help you to answer those aching questions : who is who, and what is what, in Quebec everyday culture?

Paul Dumais was born in Montréal in 1962 and has lived in his hometown ever since.  Far from being an authority in social sciences, he nonetheless knows and loves his native Québec.  He is also an admirer of the persian civilization and since 2006 he has been studying the Persian language, slowly but steadily. Among other travels, he went to Iran in summer 2008.  Paul earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Université de Montréal in 2002 and is currently teaching mathematics at Collège de Rosemont. 

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CaféLitt is not a place; it is a gathering of minds. We are a group of mostly Persian young students, scholars and professionals who gather every Thursday evening around 19h00 in a café to discuss various subjects and share different ideas, ranging vastly from history to science, from literature to fine arts. We started these gatherings on Jan 18th, 2007. Each week, one of us takes the responsibility of presenting a topic (in Persian, English or French) for about an hour in a subject s/he is intimately familiar with or has an expertise in. Afterwards, the evening turns into a discussion forum and all members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask their question(s) and share their points of view.
CaféLitt is open to all comments, suggestion, collaboration and new ideas. CaféLitt provides an unparalleled opportunity for learning about culture, science and philosophy in a relaxed and friendly environment, and for sharing your knowledge and expertise with like-minded members of your community.
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